medical tourism, thailand, THC

As of April 2021, there are no general international passenger flights from Japan to Thailand due to the impact of COVIT-19 in Thailand.

In order for a foreigner to enter Thailand, a certificate of entry (COE) must be issued by the Thai embassy or consulate in your country, but unfortunately this COE is not issued to tourists.

However, after July 1, 2020, “Persons who need to receive medical care in Thailand” will not only be allowed to enter the country by presenting the necessary documents, but will also be allowed to travel freely within Thailand after the 14-day quarantine period. Up to three accompanying persons are also allowed to enter the country at the same time.

(10) Persons who do not hold Thai nationality and who need to receive medical treatment in Thailand and their escorts. However, this does not apply to COVID-19 treatment.

Quarantine measures for travelers entering Thailand to prevent the spread of new coronaviruses (CCSA Order (7/2563), dated June 30, 2563, France)

I would like to explain below what steps and preparations are required to receive medical marijuana treatment in Thailand as of September 2020.

The general flow of traveling to Thailand

First, understand the whole process.

STEP1 Check with your doctor about the possibility of prescribing using the online medical questionnaire.

The scope of medical marijuana prescriptions is strictly regulated by the Thai Ministry of Health. We ask you to fill out an online medical questionnaire in advance from Japan so that you do not have to spend a lot of money to come to Thailand and then be unable to get a prescription. Only those who are judged by the doctor to be eligible for a prescription will be guided to the next step.

If you would like to receive medical marijuana treatment in Thailand in Japanese, please fill out the online medical questionnaire here.

Please do not proceed to the next step before STEP 1.

STEP2 Obtain an alternative quarantine hospital (AHQ) certificate and acceptance certificate from a Thai medical institution.

  • Alternative Quarantine Hospital (AHQ) Certificate
  • Certificate of Acceptance Appointment

Order an Alternative Quarantine Hospital (AHQ) certificate and an appointment certificate from a medical institution in Thailand. The original documents are required to obtain a medical VISA (Non-O/TR-MT).

If you have a chaperone, we will also send the necessary documents for the chaperone.

STEP3 Purchase a ticket for a special flight and fix the date of entry (departure).

Since there are no general passenger flights, Thai nationals are basically required to take a special flight back to Thailand. In order to confirm your arrival date, please check the Thai Embassy’s website for special flights and then purchase tickets directly from the airline.

In some cases, the COE (Certificate of Entry) may not be ready in time, so be sure to check with your airline about cancellation policies.

STEP4 Prepare medical VISA, medical insurance, and documents showing ability to pay.

If you are planning to stay in Japan for medical treatment for a period of time ranging from 14 days to several months, you should apply for travel and medical insurance with a minimum coverage of $100,000. You should apply for a travel and medical insurance policy with a coverage of $100,000 or more for the duration of your stay, and make sure that you have a COVIT-19 and other coverage details available in English. You will also need to obtain a certificate issued by a medical institution stating that you need to receive treatment in the Kingdom.

STEP5 Apply for and obtain a certificate of entry (COE).

  • Follow the format of the Thai Embassy in Japan to obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE).

Documents required for applying for a Certificate of Entry (COE)

  1. Copy of passport (biometric (photo) page)
  2. The page in your passport with the visa or re-entry permit stamp.
  3. Airline Ticket or Booking Confirmation (E-Ticket Reservation)
  4. A completed tax form(Declaration Form) (Download from here)
  5. An English medical insurance certificate with coverage of at least US$100,000 or equivalent for the duration of your stay. If you wish to stay in Thailand for more than one year, the period of medical insurance must be at least one year, and the overseas medical insurance certificate must confirm and clearly state that you are covered for the treatment of new coronavirus-related diseases.
  6. Documents indicating the reason for entry: (to receive medical treatment)
    / Department of Health Related Services Promotion, Ministry of Health, Thailand, indicating that they have received and treated the traveler issued by a Thai medical institution designated as an alternative isolation facility (AHQ) in a hospital and have reserved a place for isolation within the medical institution for a period of at least 14 days. Certificate with an official seal(sample)
    A copy of the Travel Accompaniment and Support Certificate with the official seal of the Department of Health Services Promotion, Ministry of Health of Thailand for the escort.(sample)

How to Apply for a Certificate of Entry (COE)

  1. Please make sure that you have a valid visa or re-entry permit. (If you have booked a visa, you can use the booking confirmation instead)
  2. All applicants should send the required documents in PDF format to one of the following e-mail addresses.Please put your name in the file and send it as an attachment.
    For example.1 passport photo, 2 visa or re-entry page, 3 air ticket, 4 declaration form, 5 health insurance, 6 ASQ reservation, 7 reason for entry
    When sending an email, please be sure to include the following in the subject line: “Desired Date of Travel :: Purpose of Travel Applicant Name (English)”.
    例 1 October 2020::Business::Mr.Taro YAMADA
    1 October 2020::Business Family Member::Mrs.Sakura YAMADA
  3. Send the required documents to one of the email addresses below.
    (1) Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo
    (2) Royal Thai Consulate-General in Osaka
    (3) Royal Thai Consulate-General in Fukuoka
  4. After sending the email, all applicants should also register the required information using the latest flight schedule form linked to the Special Flight Confirmation and Reservation (Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo official website).

STEP6: Take the RT-PCR test within 72 hours and obtain a negative certificate in English and a Certificate of Eligible Health.

A Certificate of Entry (COE) will be issued at least four days prior to your departure. With this COE, you will need to obtain an RT-PCR test and a Fit to Fly or Fit to Travel Health Certificate in English.

Summary of required documents by issuing entity

There are four main entities that issue the necessary documents: the Thai Embassy in Japan, the Japanese medical institution, the patient (family) themselves, and the Thai medical institution.

Published by the Thai Embassy in Japan

(1) Certificate of entry(certificate of entry, COE)

Issued by a medical institution in Japan

(2) A Fit to Fly HealthCertificate from a physician stating that the traveler is in good health to travel.
(3) A medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected, issued by a physician after RT-PCR testing within 72 hours of travel. not detected)
(4) A certificate issued by a medical institution in the country of origin stating the necessity of receiving treatment in the Kingdom.

Patient (family) prepares by themselves

(5) Medical VISA(Non-O/TR-MT)
(6) A certificate showing that you are able to pay for medical and other expenses
(7) Insurance or other proof of English language coverage for a maximum amount of $100,000 or more to cover medical expenses, including treatment for novel coronavirus infection.
(8) Medical Information Form

Issued by a medical institution in Thailand

(9) A certificate showing that the facility where the traveler will be quarantined is in compliance with the standards and guidelines set by the government.
(10) A certificate issued by a medical institution in the Kingdom indicating that the traveler has been received and treated and that a place has been reserved in the medical institution for isolation for a period of at least 14 days.

If you have a chaperone, we will also send the necessary documents for the chaperone.

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There are multiple diseases that have been shown to improve with medical marijuana, including THC.

It has been shown in papers to be effective against about 250 diseases, including HIV, Alzheimer’s, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia, epilepsy, bronchial asthma, shingles, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If you are interested in medical marijuana treatment in Thailand, please feel free to contact us through Contact Us.

Disclaimer: VISA and entry documents may be subject to change at any time and you may be asked to submit additional materials. Please check with your embassy for the final decision.



September 2023